Our first P&O cruise on the Oceana (formally the Ocean Princess). Impressed with the organisation for boarding, nice seating area and well organised. The cabins are very small (balcony cabin) and showing their age, need a refurb! It was a big plus having a kettle etc in the cabin, great! The cleanliness of our cabin, Deck 11, A740, was not good and we took quite some time to clean it up. Steward was a miserable so and so and didn't deserve his tip.
We requested for a table for two and inevitably ended up on a table for 8. The cruise lines need to look at the very low numbers of tables for two as when lumped on a table with people you have absolutely nothing in common with it can ruin your cruise experience. We mostly preferred to pay the extra charge to eat in the Horizon Grill and the food was much better than the average food served up in the dining room, not fine dining! There were quite a lot of small children on this cruise and it's not good finding some of them on the second dinner sitting (8:45pm) when they should be in bed! We didn't need noisy children on the next table to us, totally agree that there should be more adult only cruises on offer.
The staff on the Plaza deck (buffet style) were on the ball even to the point of taking away your plate before you had finished eating. The Plaza dining times were very disjointed and virtually every time we went up there, one side of the buffet was closed. The Plaza was always packed with people and it felt like a works canteen at times, not recommended and the food was not good either apart from the desserts which are always good.
We also dined in Cafe Jardin and although the food was better than the dining room, it was not fine dining but the staff were very attentive.
All of the dining, bar and maintenance staff have English as a second language and this resulted in the wrong drinks being served to us.
The entertainment was quite good, Headliners dance troupe were very good and male singers also, however, the female vocalists were very average and tended to screech rather a lot.
Shuttle buses were provided free at each port, super service and not much waiting around.
We had to complain 3 times about the noise from maintenance staff hammering and welding on the deck behind and above our cabin. Surely this should be done when in port!
The disembarking progress was very smooth and P&O have it down to an art compared to other cruise lines we have travelled with.
Would I travel on the Oceana again, probably not but we did have a super relaxed break.